The 2015 Kylene and Bradley Beers Lecture


Jesmyn Ward
author of Men We Reaped

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Dixon Hall, Tulane University

Free and open to the public, with a book signing to follow.

Award-winning novelist and Tulane professor Jesmyn Ward will lecture about her book, Men We Reaped, this year's Tulane Reading Project selection. Men We Reaped is Ward's critically acclaimed memoir, in which she examines the lives and untimely deaths of five young men she was close to, including her beloved brother. Her own story provides a poignant counterpoint: a private school education funded by her mother’s employer eventually led her to Stanford, two graduate degrees, and literary acclaim. Yet she remains haunted by the memory of these men, and by the role that poverty and racism played in their fates.  

Ward is the 2011 National Book Award winner for her novel Salvage the Bones, and the recipient of Tulane's first Paul and Debra Gibbons Professorship in the English department. A native of DeLisle, Mississippi, she received her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, where she won five Hopwood awards for essays, drama, and fiction. From 2008-2010, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in the department of creative writing at Stanford University, where she also earned a master's degree in media studies and communication. Ward also served as the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi from 2010-2011. 

Sponsored by the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Cocurricular Programs, the Reading Project, and Forum Tulane. For more information, email, or call 504-865-5728.

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